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President of the Republic of Slovenia attends general debate of the UN General Assembly

New York, 24. 9. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, has begun his working visit to New York, where he is participating at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Yesterday evening (local time), he first attended the reception hosted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle Obama.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, has begun his working visit to New York. He attended the reception hosted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle Obama

This morning, the President of Slovenia participated in the opening of the general debate at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. At the invitation of Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, he also attended the traditional lunch for heads of delegations hosted by the UN Secretary-General.

Today, President Pahor had the first of his planned bilateral meetings. He met with the President of the Libyan General National Congress, Nouri Ali Abu Sahmain, with the purpose of boosting cooperation between the countries in both the political and economic areas. The two presidents agreed that the relations between the countries were traditionally friendly and had not been affected by the conflict in Libya. The Slovenian President expressed his wish that Libya would complete the process of ratification of the Agreement on Economic Cooperation, as this would enhance the trade in goods and services, and the interest in signing a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, as the latter could significantly accelerate the movement of goods, services, capital and people between the two countries. Numerous Slovenian companies have recognised an opportunity in the restoration projects in Libya. During the meeting, President Pahor expressed the readiness of ITF – Enhancing Human Security to continue to provide humanitarian aid and contribute to rehabilitation within the framework of the project of providing aid to victims of armed conflict in Libya in the future.

The Slovenian President further met with the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera Echeñique, with whom he talked about the strengthening of political dialogue between their countries and the enhancement of economic cooperation. The two presidents agreed on a meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers in 2014. President Pahor also invited the Chilean President to visit Slovenia, placing special emphasis on Chilean investments in Slovenia.

On the margins of the general debate, the Slovenian President will also meet with the President of the Council of the European Union, Herman van Rompuy, and attend a meeting of the Višegrad Group and the European Union on Ukraine.

On the occasion of the visit of President Pahor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karl Erjavec, a reception for Slovenes living in New York will take place in the evening at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations. Late in the afternoon, President Pahor will meet with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Tomorrow, the President of the Republic of Slovenia will take part in a special event which, in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 65/1, is intended to review progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals to date and to draw up an agenda for Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015. He will also meet with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül.

On Thursday, 26 September, the Slovenian President will give a morning lecture at Columbia University, during which he will discuss the future of Europe with students and professors. Later that day, he will participate in the general debate at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the main focus of which will be devoted to the Development Agenda beyond 2015, where President Pahor will deliver a speech on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia.